What the Knicks Lost When They Traded Iman Shumpert

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The Knicks fell flat, going 1-7 while surrendering 110 points a game on 50% shooting, in the eight contests Shumpert missed last year due to injury. Some might question whether that?s a large enough sample size to draw firm conclusions from, but it?s worth noting that the Knick defense was just as bad when Shumpert took quick breathers.

New York played good defense, allowing just 101.8 points per 100 plays, with Shumpert on the court last year, per NBA.com. The Knicks were a dumpster fire without him, though, giving up 111.1 points per 100 possessions without him. To put into context how disparate that gap is, consider the fact that, on a team level, a 9.3-point difference would be equivalent to the difference between Chicago Bulls? defense and the Philadelphia 76ers? defense last season.

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